63 • 11 DECEMBER 2008
Editorial – Thank you
For the parents
4. For grandparents
5. For teachers
6. For children
7. For someone special
8. Featured subscriber blog and giveaway
9. November photo comp winner
Editorial – Thank you
This is an editorial full to the brim with thanks.
The first thanks go to Kristin from Sew,
Mama, Sew for encouraging me to devote a newsletter to the
topic of gifts that children can make. These ideas will be featured on
the Sew, Mama, Sew blog over the next
few days as part of their Holidays at Home feature which is
full of great ideas for the silly season.
Second thanks go to the lovely ladies at MixTape
zine who have given me five copies of their latest issue to
give away to Kids Craft Weekly subscribers. This issue is the 'Kids'
issue and features a beautiful cover from the lovely Loobylu
and a host of great kid-related craft articles and tutorials. You can
also read about me as I'm the featured crafty lady in this
If you'd like to go into the draw click on the photo below and leave a comment.
The next set of thanks is for all of the card-makers out there who have
been blogging about the card swap and sending me such fantastic
handmade cards! Today I had the pleasure of sitting down with a cup of
tea and a letter opener to this spectacular pile of mail.
Those of you who read my sporadically
updated blog will know that I've had a pretty rough six
months with lots of upheaval and change. Through all this, one of the
consistently enjoyable things about my life is producing this little
newsletter and feeling a connection with all of you who take the time
to read it.
I can barely express how
delighted and fortunate I feel to be on the receiving end of your warm
regards and kind support.
Finally, I want to thank everyone who has purchased a copy of the Christmas Craft PDF
and Everyday Craft Book.
Kids Craft Weekly earns me just a trickle of money but this
small amount makes an enormous difference to my life. This year, for
example, I have been able to do most of my Christmas shopping without
having to dip into my weekly living expenses – what a
wonderful luxury. For this, and everything else, I thank you so much.
I wish you and your families a happy, healthy and safe holiday. I'm
taking a short break but regular newsletters will begin again in the
new year. I'm still accepting book orders of course! Christmas Craft orders
are fulfilled instantly by email and Everyday
Craft orders will be posted same day if possible.
Happy crafting and I'll see you in 2009!
parents – a miniature work of art
Child-painted canvases are a great present for proud parents and doting
grandparents. Consider purchasing a set of
small canvases – one for each child perhaps.
When doing this craft with
kids it's a good idea to think carefully about which colours you will
give them to paint with, and whether you would like to prime the canvas
with a different colour before you start.
You will need
• a small canvas
• paint and paintbrushes
• a selection of acrylic paint
1. Set up a good working space and protect all clothing. If you're
working with a very young kid it's a good idea to provide only two or
three colours, each with their own paintbrush. Then let the painting begin!
It's also a good idea to protect the work space. As you can see below
my son (then 19
months old) decided to start painting the chalkboard instead of the
canvas! And just after
this photo was taken he decided to EAT a huge glob of paint –
timely reminder for us all to use non-toxic paint when crafting with
2. When it's looking good, whisk the canvas away and replace it with a
large sheet of paper so that the fun can continue.
relatives – a colourful framed picture
Using this technique, kids
can transform their favourite artwork into something even more special
– perfect to hang on the wall or stick to the fridge! We've
used rectangular lids but I think these would look great with circular
or square lids also.
You will need
• plastic lids
• a picture to frame
• transparent glue, glue tape
or double-sided tape
• white glue
• items for decorating
• knife or hole punch
• fancy string or yarn
1. Choose a picture that you want to frame. Trace around the plastic
lid with a pencil.
2. Cut the picture out to the size of your lid (for our lid we cut
about half a centimetre inside the pencil outline). Then apply some
glue tape (or other invsible glue) around the outside of your picture.
Remember to put the glue on the front of the picture. Then stick the
picture to the inside of the lid.
3. Squeeze out a border of white glue along the front of the lid and
decorate the border using whatever you fancy. My son chose a selection
of buttons and small wooden ladybeetles.
My daughter opted for some delicate paper flowers and colourful
Our friend made a pattern from coloured pasta.
4. Allow the glue to dry – this may take a while. Once it's
piece small holes in the two top corners and thread through some
colourful yarn or string. And voila!
step 4 and glue magnets onto the back instead. Now your artwork is
grandparents – a beautiful hand-crafted bowl
These translucent paper mache bowls are simple to make and beautiful to
look at. Perfect for gifts, you can fill them up with something special
simply give them as is.
You will need
• coloured tissue paper
• white glue
• a bowl (preferably plastic)
• plastic cling wrap
• something to sprinkle (such
1. Tear up the tissue paper into pieces. You'll need a fair amount of
tissue paper, for this bowl we used three large sheets of paper.
2. Make up a watery glue mixture in a jar using equal amounts of white
glue and water. Then put your plastic bowl on the table (open end
down) and cover with cling wrap. Paint on a layer of the glue
mixture and cover with a layer of issue paper.
3. Repeat until you're out of tissue paper or until you feel the bowl
is going to be thick enough.
4. For extra bling, sprinkle some sequins over the outside of
the bowl when you've finished.
5. Allow the bowl to dry – this may take some time (as long
as several days in winter or 24 hours in summer).
When you think your bowl in dry enough to stay in shape on it's own,
carefully ease it off the bowl and from the cling wrap. The inside of
the bowl will be wet but it too will soon dry after it gets some
exposure to the air. At this point you can choose whether you want to
trim the sides of the bowl or leave them uneven like we have.
teachers – a colourful bouquet
Show your appreciation with a bouquet of child-made paper flowers and
perhaps a gift voucher for a local book shop or department store.
You will need
patty pans (cupcake or muffin cases)
1. Take three different coloured patty pans and flatten them out.
2. Place them one on top of the other – they don't have to be
completely even. In fact, if they're a bit higgledy piggledy that's
3. Fold them in half, then roll into and cone and staple.
4. Thread a pipecleaner through the middle and add beads to make the
5. And ta-da!
For more flower ideas check out the flower issue of Kids Craft Weekly.
children – a teeny bucket of trinkets or treats
Children as young as three
can help to make these adorable little buckets and then fill them with
whatever they fancy – a great gift for their friends!
You will need
• paper cups
• acrylic paint and brushes
• coloured cardboard
• hole punch
• split pins (brads)
• spotty stickers to decorate
1. Paint a paper cup and allow the paint to dry.
Cut a strip of coloured cardboard to make a handle. Then punch holes in
each end of the handle, and on either side of the paper cup.
3. Attach handle to cup using split pins.
4. Decorate using spotty stickers.
someone special – a treasure made from clay
When children work with clay it encourages them to plan and create a
permanent object. These custom-created clay treasures make meaningful
gifts for the closest friends.
When buying clay, make sure you get the kind that hardens with exposure
to air rather than the kind that requires baking in a
kiln. For those just starting out with clay, here are a couple
of projects to
Roll clay into small balls (or cut it into squares using a knife) and
use a skewer to make holes. Then wait for the clay to dry. Paint your
beads if desired and thread on fishing line to create a simple bracelet
Roll clay into a ball and stick your thumbs in the centre of the ball.
Pinch the clay around the edges to form a small bowl or pot.
Allow the clay to dry and paint if desired.
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November Photo Comp Winner
month I give away a copy of one of the books from my Amazon favourites
list. To be in the running all you
have to do is upload a photo to the Kids Craft Weekly group photo pool
The winner for November is Alida with this lovely photo of her son
Reuben making Christmas cards. Alida has chosen to receive a copy of
the Taro Gomi book Scribbes which is my
fabourite from the amazing Taro Gomi range of creative activity books
for kids. Congrats Alida!
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